The First Death (Genesis 2:15-17)

And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it:for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Genesis 2:15-17

Did Adam truly understand what it meant to die?

If he didn’t, he soon learned of the horrible truth when his son, Abel, was killed by Cain. There are few things as tragic as seeing your child die. But for this to happen in the first family, where death was completely foreign, seems almost unimaginable.

Although we understand what it means to die and some of us have even seen loved ones or strangers die in front of us, none of us can truly understand what happens the moment we die. The Bible, however, is very explicit and clear about what happens and what to expect.

God extends His salvation, His saving Grace to all who call upon the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior. And if you have accepted Jesus Christ, then the very instant you die, you will be transported into Heaven and into His presence. But if we refuse to accept Him, God allows us to chose our final resting place. And if it is not with Him, it is in eternal torment in hell, total separation from God’s love and mercy. God shows no partiality and He will have His will done, in spite of our worst efforts or lack of faith.

The first death may usher in an eternity of bliss and peace in God’s presence or it may lead to an eternity of suffering and torment. Adam may not have truly understood what it meant to die when God pronounced judgment upon him in the Garden of Eden.

Do you truly understand what it means to die?

Love and respect the Lord; seek His will your life.